December 20: Building plans
Whom do the Berliners, Londoners, Muscovites, Parisians, Washingtonians and other “friends” ask for permission to build in their cities? What sovereign Arab land did we ever occupy?
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Sir, – Bravo Bibi! That’s what I want to say with reference to
“Interior Ministry to advance approvals for 6,500 east Jerusalem apartments”
(December 18). We should build 6,500 or as many apartments as we need in our
3,000-year-old capital or wherever in our heartland.
Whom do the
Berliners, Londoners, Muscovites, Parisians, Washingtonians and other “friends”
ask for permission to build in their cities? What sovereign Arab land did we
ever occupy? Are we still fooled by a UN resolution of 65 years ago, which was
turned down by the Arab League, never reached the Security Council for
ratification and never became international law? Our document of Holy Writ is
our evidence of inherited land ownership. God is with us and we have nobody to
fear except ourselves. I hope we will not cave in and abandon the nations’
respect that is due us.
Sir, – Who governs
Israel, the White House or the Knesset? Why should Israel yield to unjust
American pressure to delay attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities? Why did Israel
need special permission from the United States for Operation Pillar of Defense
to quell rocket attacks from Gaza? Now America, backed by Israel’s leftist and
centrist parties, is vociferously condemning Israel’s projected construction of
new housing units in its own national territory, supposedly beyond the “Green
line.” The US, especially under the Obama administration, clearly has been
treating Israel like a castrated satellite. Where are the stouthearted Zionists
who built up the Jewish nation and made it great? ROY RUNDS Tel Aviv Egg on our
face Sir, – There will be four more years of starving chickens kept in the dark
endlessly, according to “Environment, Agriculture ministries at odds over
proposal on forced molting of chickens,” December 18).
I had no idea this
was going on. How cruel! What does this say about our society? I can’t believe
our creative, problem-solving society can’t come up with a more humane way to
Sir, – It is more than
ironic that the very government that touted the advantages and value of the Open
Skies Agreement is now postponing its implementation to some unknown future
date, if at all (“Up in the air,” Editorial, December 18).
concern for not making such “important decisions” before elections is more than
benign – it is contemptible.
The decision was made long ago, and now is
the time for implementation.
So what is the problem? The answer is
obvious: It’s all politics and power-plays favoring monopolies like El Al, and
nothing to do with good governance.
Did our prime minister consider that
he might actually gain respect and votes for the great advantage this agreement
gives to the Israeli traveler? Whether he did or not, the government’s
priorities are clear: private monopolistic interests over real help to the
To paraphrase the final sentence of the editorial,
either way, the decision to delay the Open Skies Agreement ultimately has one
primary victim: the Israeli traveler – but who cares?
No rational merit
Sir, – I must take exception to the reader who wrote
about three individuals who, years apart, became murderers (“Newtown massacre,”
Letters, December 18).
His contention is that because they were allegedly
taught to shoot as youngsters, “it should be against the law to take a child
target shooting or hunting.” He concludes by writing: “This sufficiently
explains why Israel has not had such atrocities – there never was a Jewish
Referring to his last contention, the writer does not
know that early Israel was defended on its frontiers by courageous people who
made the desert green.
Even children under 10 stood guard duty with
rifles and Sten guns (and had to use them).
They were, in fact, hunting.
They were defending themselves against the most dangerous game – mad animals who
happened to be men.
Concerning the concept of childhood training with
weapons, the National Rifle Association in the US has a proud history of
training youngsters in the safe use of firearms for probably over a century.
Millions of kids. Safety, safety, safety, and concern for others has been the
first rule. It was they who were trained early who were able to use weapons
effectively when they had to defend their country in WW I, WW II and Korea.
Learning late is no substitute. And, yes, some were hunters.
I was a
hunter. I’ve rarely met people who were so well grounded in manners, morals and
common sense. The ones I knew fulfilled a primal need, to challenge their skills
and feed their families.
The deep satisfaction of participating in the
ancient tradition satisfied them at the the core of their being. Yes, there are
other kinds, as well. I know.
There were no slaughters in past times
(before 1962, when prayer was removed from the schools) because it was a
different world. God was still in the classroom. Moral relativism didn’t rule.
The rules of right and wrong, also learned from firearms training, prevailed
from earliest memory.
Incidentally, Newton, Connecticut, where the recent
massacre occurred, was the site of one of the most progressive, beautiful and
professionally administered psychiatric hospitals anywhere. It was closed down
administratively, maybe 10 years ago. The patients were essentially left on the
The government was warned of the consequences of allowing the
mentally unstable unfettered freedom. It’s all been documented.
warnings were ignored.
Clinging to such simplification as categorical
condemnation for a condition that society, not guns, created has no rational
Go all the way?
Sir, – Regarding “Fayyad
calls to boycott all Israeli goods” (December 17), does this include Israeli
electricity, gas, medical supplies and hospitals?
There is a link
Sir, – Susan Hattis Rolef (“Is Israeli diplomacy an election
propaganda tool?,” Think About It, December 17) criticizes former foreign
minister Avigdor Liberman for accusing the Europeans of abandoning the Jews, as
they did 70 years ago. She says that “mentioning the Holocaust in this
particular context is especially dissonant.”
Rolef ignores Liberman’s
point that the similarity to the European response before the Holocaust lies in
making light of Hamas’s threats just as the world made light of Hitler’s
threats. This similarity is totally valid, as then-president Chaim Herzog
pointed out years ago (“Two Herzogs’ views differ on the relevance of the
Holocaust,” Comment & Features, December 17).
Sir, – You say you want tourists, especially after
the recent war (“Visit Israel!,” Editorial, December 16)? I recently visited
Israel. Tell the following to your passport control and other security persons
at the airport (going in as well as going out).
Never a smile, always a
long face, always rude, a real “pleasure.”
These people should be told
that they are there to provide a service, not a favor.
There are places
around the world with better weather, nicer locations, cheaper prices and kinder
people. Jews come to Israel and show support, but with every contact I had at
the airport, it made me wonder whether to ever come back.